Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has selection issues to contend with ahead of the midweek Champions League clash with Atalanta.
The Reds travel to Bergamo in northern Italy on Tuesday to take on the Serie A side who currently occupy second spot in Group D.
After an impressive maiden Champions League campaign last season Atalanta will be hoping to continue their European exploits this time around in the first ever competitive meeting between the two clubs.
The Italians will be buoyed by their attacking capabilities under boss Gian Piero Gasperini and will be hoping to capitalise on a Liverpool defence that needs patchwork.
Reds gaffer Jurgen Klopp has suggested he will leave it until the latest possible moment to decide his squad for the trip, with several players still battling for fitness.
The absence of van Dijk is no doubt a significant loss, but Joel Matip’s availability is also a major concern with it still uncertain if he will be able to play.
Nathaniel Phillips could be called upon to start a second game on the spin after impressing against West Ham at the weekend should Matip not be fit, with Joe Gomez the likely partner at the back.
Fabinho picked up a knock after filling in at centre half in recent weeks and is expected to be absent once again, although it’s more positive news for Thiago Alcantara who is closing in on a return and could even be involved against Atalanta.
Naby Keita, who hasn’t played since Liverpool’s 7-2 hammering by Aston Villa – will be assessed ahead of the trip, as will new boy Kostas Tsimikas.
Fellow fresh face Diogo Jota will be hoping his endeavours off the bench in the Premier League will have been enough to convince Jurgen Klopp to hand him a Champions League start, with Firmino the most likely of the front three to make way.
All in all some shuffling required for Jurgen Klopp in an important group game for Liverpool which could see them take a massive step to qualification for the knockout stages with victory.